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DARPA, the US warboffin bureau which curls a supercilious lip at established wisdom and tweaks the nose of consensus opinion, has decided to press ahead with its automated artificial-intelligence air traffic control system. The move is doubly welcome here at Vulture Central: not only is it a tasty tech-news nugget, but the …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Doesn't AI learn by mistakes?

    So how many planes need to slam into each other before it has gathered enough data to work out it's not a good thing?

  2. Dan Paul
    Black Helicopters

    GILA Monster

    As the title suggests, GILA will be a poisonous threat to man and since it certainly qualifies as the predecessor to Skynet, I wonder why there is no EL Vulture trademarked "RoTM" symbol next to the article so humanoids everywhere are warned of our impending doom.

    I for one, welcome our self aware silicon overlords.

  3. Paul Williams

    @Stu Reeves

    A mistake doesnt necessarily need to be a catastrophic one - any violation of pre-programmed 'golden rules', such as maintenance of separation could be considered a 'mistake'.

  4. matt

    RE: Doesn't AI learn by mistakes?

    Not really. As far as I can remember it usally is flicked into learning mode, then presented a training set which then calibrates the neural network.

    Then it is flipped back into a operating mode, where it no longer learns.

    (note: "learning mode", "calibrates" and "operating mode" are probably not the actual names...)

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    I'll see you'r GILA Monster and raise you a GILA Copter...

    i remember the strange predictions of timothy leary and alain jourgenson [rev-co/ministry/lard/2000hdjs]

    from 1993's rev-co hit "Gila Copter" no less

  6. mike
    Black Helicopters

    RoTM has begun under the guise of air traffic control.

    "The company believes that GILA will become a true expert system, able to build up knowledge in a continual process"-and eventually it will realize that it no longer needs it's carbon based handlers.

    -insert Terminator2 first scene clip here-

  7. galbak

    just wait till it joins the union...

    and crashes in sympathy, whenever the French air traffic controllers, or Spanish baggage handlers, go on strike. now thats intelligence .

  8. Dave Harris Bronze badge

    Interesting word

    Gila, as a Malay word, means crazy in English. How apt.

    (Why no "Wibble" icon?)

  9. captain kangaroo

    That's a lot of money

    If they'd put $22M into the ATC as-is, wouldn't that have improved efficiency and improved job security...

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    RE: RE: Doesn't AI learn by mistakes?

    Hum this one sounds even more like the Governator, its trained then sent out to fight in non learning mode, To teach it something new you must cut off it's hair and open its head.......

    the end is near......

  11. Steve
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    Maybe you need to flip into learning mode and re read the article. It's an expert system, not a neural net.

  12. Anonymous Coward


    The "Lockheed GILA bigwig" is named Ken Whitebread? If I were an alien cyborg trying to conquer the Earthlings with remotely controlled machine intelligence (and I'm not, I swear), that is exactly the sort of name I would choose to try and blend in with unsuspecting humans.

  13. Anonymous Coward
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    "Handy for flying cars..."

    I wonder what Corbin Dallas would have to say about that.


    "Yes, I know, I know, I just had an accident!"


  14. Anonymous Coward

    You know it had to be done...


    Just for anyone who might be bored...

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    End is nigh...

    `Those` zealots are going to ruin it for everyone... WTF LETHAL ARMED DRONES?! Smartbombs/Missiles? At a SPORTING event? In the UK? And we are just going to accept this?! Combine this with the absolute scandal that is the ID Card, no, sorry `National Identity Scheme` .. And as soon as they can coerce us into it we will be wearing RFID tags, they already offer them on a voluntary basis in the states to `protect your loved one` (VeriChip). Everything about you, what you do, where you are, how much money you have, your transactions, your signature... Accessible on demand by ? Corporations and Government departments.

    I dunno... doesn't this `bigger picture` concern anyone? How long now before we have armed (probably private/corporate, who knows, maybe we'll be lucky enough to share Blackwater with the Americans) police patrolling our streets... Unspecified RAF sources describe as "a God's-eye view of the battlefield". (


  16. John Benson

    Open the pod door, HAL...

    'Nuff said.

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